Annual Report 2013
The state of the world's human rights

Regional News

from Europe and central asia

14 January 2011

Amnesty International has again called on the Hungarian authorities to amend controversial new media laws amid planned public protests calling for freedom of expression.

11 January 2011

Amnesty International today called for the unconditional release of 16 Belarusian activists and journalists charged with ‘organizing mass disorder’, and declared them prisoners of conscience. 

04 January 2011

Amnesty International is calling for the immediate release of three Russian opposition activists detained in Moscow after a peaceful and sanctioned rally calling for freedom of assembly.

27 December 2010

Amnesty International calls on Moscow courts to overturn the conviction of prominent businessman Mikhail Khodorkovsky for money-laundering, on the grounds that his trial was unfair and appeared politically motivated. 

23 December 2010

Amnesty International is calling on the Turkmenistani authorities to immediately lift the suspension of the operation of the country’s largest mobile phone service provider.

23 December 2010

Hungary’s newly adopted media law will impose potentially wide-ranging restrictions on freedom of expression, Amnesty International has warned.

22 December 2010

Amnesty International has urged the Romanian authorities to provide urgent housing assistance to several Roma families made homeless by a forced eviction last week.

20 December 2010

Amnesty International has condemned the violent dispersal of a mainly peaceful demonstration in the aftermath of Sunday’s presidential election in Belarus which was marred by irregularities.

17 December 2010

Ali Aarrass, who is accused of terrorism-related offences, is believed to be at serious risk of human rights violations amid persistent reports of abuses by Moroccan security forces.

16 December 2010

An Italian court has increased rendition sentences for American CIA agents but is still shielding high-ranking Italian officials from trial under a 'state secrets' doctrine.

10 December 2010

Former military official Tomislav Merčep is accused of responsibility for serious human rights abuses committed during the 1991-95 conflict.

07 December 2010

The wife of a British man held without charge in Iraq for a year is calling on the UK government to step up its efforts to secure the release of her husband.

03 December 2010

Sent to an Arctic penal colony for a crime he didn’t commit, Russian prisoner Igor Sutyagin lived for a few minutes in “the free world” with every postcard he received from supporters during his eleven years in jail.

28 November 2010

Amnesty International urges the Swiss authorities at all levels not to enforce the deportation of foreigners convicted of certain criminal offences if this will result in human rights violations after voters backed the move in a referendum on Sunday.

26 November 2010

Carlos Vielman was released by the Spanish authorities this week, after Guatemala failed to meet a deadline for filing the proper documentation for his extradition.

19 November 2010

The arrest of parliamentary candidate Bakhtiyar Hajiyev followed the release earlier this week of youth activists, bloggers, and prisoners of conscience Emin Milli and Adnan Hajizade.

16 November 2010

Full and public disclosure needed about alleged abuses against people held overseas during counter-terrorism operations after news that some are to receive compensation.

12 November 2010

Eynulla Fatullayev, who was jailed in 2007 after writing a series of articles critical of the authorities, remains in prison on a new set of apparently trumped-up charges.

08 November 2010

Amnesty International calls on Russian authorities to ensure protection for journalists, after several attacks in and near Moscow in the past four days.

04 November 2010

Andrei Bondarenko was ordered to undergo a psychiatric examination after prosecutors argued he had an "excessive awareness of his own and others' rights."

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